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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Alaskan Barley Wine has been produced in limited edition vintages each year since its introduction in 2003. A big beer for big winters, this brew has garnered a steady following in Alaska. Bottled for the first time in 2007, the balanced flavor collaboration between hops, malt and high alcohol showcases the barley wine style, winning first place at the 2007 Toronado Barley Wine Festival and bronze at the 2008 World Beer Cup.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a beautiful garnet red body with a great tight bubbled beige head. Very light lazy carbonation. Nice big full nose of juicy citrus hops and heavy toasted and caramel malt. Super well balanced, smells like a great candidate for aging. Wow, the flavor is just as well balanced. Big but not overpowering hops, full thick caramel malt without being sticky. A little retro-nasal alcohol fumes, but not a whole lot of alcohol flavor. This might be the best West Coast Barley Wine ever. Never crosses the line into Double IPA, just an aggressively hoppy Barley Wine. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, full bodied but not cloying or sweet. Perfect soft super-fine carbonation, just enough to keep it lively but not fizzy or thinning. Overall, this was just a dream for me, tailored just to my tastes . Delicious stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
This was a fantastic barleywine. Nice and balanced and a great treat to have for the cooler months.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
22oz bottle 2007 vintage sampled at An Evening with Pantanap #4. Pours a mahogany brown with a beige head. Aromas are slightly muted and barely perk up as it warms to reveal caramels, toffee, and hops. Lots of fruit and malt flavors. Red fruits, caramel, toffee. Sweet but balanced with charred malts and fruity hops in the finish. Good beer, but I expected a little more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 22oz bottle. 2007 vintage. sampled at P4 and shared by holdenn, pours dark ruby with beige creamy head. a malty aroma with alcohol and toffee. i was expecting more hops in the nose. flavors are malty, tobacco, toffee, grapefruit hop notes. pretty nice but i think it could use a few years of age. 22oz bottle 2007 vintage, aged almost 3 yrs. this has aged well and melding better than fresh, mild oxidation starting, really drinkable and good stuff but just nothing mind blowing and we had 07 Arctic Devil after this which blew it out the water. 3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
bottle thanks to holdenn for sharing at P4...... pours a dark caramel brown with a thin film of light brown head.... aroma of dark fruit and lots of caramel malt.... it tended to be a little hot and had a heavy emphasis on the caramel malt. it finished a little bit on the bitter side....this one could use a little age to make it better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4562) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle from Cornboys 2nd Barleywine blind. Pouurs a murky brown with a good sized(for a BW) tan head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar and caramel. Flavor is even sweeter then the aroma lets on and finishes very dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Courtesy of OldMrCrow. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a slight head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and caramel. Tastes of caramel, wood, nut, and a bit of malt. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence. The palate is mostly sugary and spicy. Thanks Carl.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5527) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy, red-amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, dried fruits, oak, some floral, and citrus, with a bit of alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with nuts, and a bit more alcohol in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2008
1st beer on a 29 bottle blind BW tasting. Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. Light aged malt. Mild sweetness with raisins and plums. Mild brown sugar notes. the flavor was malty and sweet. Piny hop middle to the finish. Moderate bitterness with some warmth in the throat. Alocohol shows in the nose.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Pours mahogany with a ruby hue, and barely translucent when held to the light. A humble half-inch head of dense beige stuck around for several minutes, revealing some decent smears of clingy lacework. Aromatics are a balance of dark fruit, fresh malt, and nougat-like caramel. Doughy, figgy, and ripe with citrus spritzed juicy malt. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and tacky. Not too heavy, but substantial for a barleywine. A firm, drying bitterness leads off the pallet in tandem with spruce-spiked fruit and fresh, clean malt essence. Alcohol steps forward, but quite mildly and there is no heat. Finishes with some lingering residuals, bitterness, and caramel malt. A terrificly balanced and substantial barleywine, albeit a bit sweet and young. Maybe a couple of years on it’s side in the cellar will help dry her out.


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